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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04682: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government under what circumstances the Student Awards Agency for Scotland can reject applications for support from people who have declared that they have dyslexia.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 25 November 2016

  • Not meeting the residence conditions as set out in the above regulations.

  • Undertaking an ineligible course.

  • Undertaking a course at a private training provider which has not been designated as eligible for support from SAAS.

  • Undertaking less than 50% of a full time course.

The reason an application for DSA may be rejected will be due to a combination of factors. These include:

To be eligible for DSA, students must meet the eligibility conditions as set out in the Students’ Allowances (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (as amended).

The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) administer the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) which is a needs led funding award based on demand. DSA helps support equality of access to higher education for individual students.